When the Florida heat gets going, so do home air
conditioning systems. You can expect to enjoy a comfortable home through the hot
summer when you’ve got an air conditioner that was professionally installed
working at peak condition.
But what if you turn on the AC and find out the house isn’t
cooling down the way it should? Instead of fiddling around the with thermostat
to lower the temperature more (which will only waste power and possibly harm
the air conditioner), you’ll need to find out what’s wrong and have it fixed.
Most of the time, it’ll take licensed HVAC technicians to do both.
Reasons Your AC May Be Lagging Behind
This is a by no means exhaustive list of reasons and air conditioner
may not be keeping up with cooling your home.
air filter: We recommend you check on the HVAC cabinet’s air filter before
doing anything else. This filter needs to be changed regularly or else it will
become so clogged with dust, lint, and other debris that it will reduce airflow,
and that will cut into cooling. Put in a new filter and keep up with regular changes
every 1–3 months.
refrigerant: The chemical refrigerant in your AC is supposed to remain at
the same amount for the system’s lifespan. Should it start to leak out, the air
conditioner will lose cooling power. Worse, the lower amount of refrigerant will
eventually cause catastrophic damage to the compressor. You must have professionals
seal the leaks and replace the lost refrigerant.
cycling: This is when the AC keeps shutting off its cooling cycle early, only
to start back up again a short time later. This doesn’t allow enough time for
cooling to reach all the rooms along the ventilation system. There are many
reasons for short cycling to start, so let a technician inspect the system and
find out the trouble.
- Aging air
conditioner: How long have you had your current central AC system? More
than 15 years? If it’s been more than 15 years, the loss of cooling is a huge
red flag that it’s time to put in a new air conditioner. A technician can give
you a diagnosis and estimate to help you make the choice.
sized unit: On the other hand, if this is the first summer you’ve had the
AC, the problem might be that the installers put in a system either too large
or too small for the space. Either situation means a wasteful air conditioner
that creates inconsistent temperatures. The only solution to this is to have
another installer—a licensed professional—put in an accurately sized
Certified AC Experts
No matter what air conditioning repair in Boca Raton, FL you need to stay cool all summer long, you can rely on First Response. We have NATE-certified and EPA-certified technicians who will ensure you have the best repair or new installation.
First Response Air Conditioning & Refrigeration has the coolest customers in town! Reach out to us anytime—we offer 24-hour emergency service.